- word ► NOUN 1) a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used to form sentences with others. 2) a remark or statement. 3) (a word) even the smallest amount of something spoken or written: don't believe a word. 4) (words) angry talk. 5) (the word) a command, slogan, or signal. 6) (one's word) a person's account of the truth, especially when it differs from that of another person. 7) (one's word) a promise or assurance. 8) news.► VERB ▪ express in particular words.● be as good as one's word — Cf. ↑be as good as one's word● have a word — Cf. ↑have a word● have a word in someone's ear — Cf. ↑have a word in someone's ear● in other words — Cf. ↑in other words● in so many words — Cf. ↑in so many words● in a word — Cf. ↑in a word● a man (or woman) of his (or her) word — Cf. ↑a woman of her word● on (or upon) my word — Cf. ↑upon my word● put words into someone's mouth — Cf. ↑put words into someone's mouth● take someone at their word — Cf. ↑take someone at their word● take the words out of someone's mouth — Cf. ↑take the words out of someone's mouth● take someone's word (for it) — Cf. ↑take someone's word for it● too for words — Cf. ↑too for words● waste words — Cf. ↑waste words● word for word — Cf. ↑word for word● word of honour — Cf. ↑word of honour● word of mouth — Cf. ↑word of mouthDERIVATIVES wordless adjective.ORIGIN Old English.
English terms dictionary. 2015.